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This post is about Kevin Smith. If you don't give a shit, don't read it.

jay and silent bob.jpgvia @ThatKevinSmith Kevin Smith is me if I'd had any balls or self-respect in my teens. His SModcast has caused me to laugh uproariously on public streetcorners to graphic descriptions of things like his wife sitting backwards on the toilet taking a crap ... or him imagining what life would be like if he ballooned up to 700 pounds and needed to be wheeled around in two Rascal scooters, welded together... or whether or not you'd save the life of everyone in a bank if the bankrobber singled you out to deliver unto him a hostage-liberating blowjob. (As with most things, it isn't the premise, it's the delivery.) The entire blog entry is a retrospective of the auteur's work to date and explains Smith's new attitude toward his career following the disappointingly modest success of his last film, Zack and Miri Make a Prono. 2009 - The Year Kevin Smith Grows Up? | I’ve Seen Things You People Wouldn’t Believe
For those of you unfamiliar with SModcast, the premise is as follows. Each week Kevin Smith and [long-time collaborator and producer] Scott Mosier find time amongst themselves to sit down and, well, shoot the shit for lack of a better term. In the beginning each show lasted roughly fifty-two minutes, plus or minus, with only a few notable exceptions. Once the series began to reach double digits, however, the show began to change up. SModcast was created partially as an attempt by Smith for he and Mosier to get together each week and catch up on things, but as the show progressed it became apparent that such a notion wasn’t always feasible. And so with it’s thirteenth episode, “SFodcast (or SWodcast),” SModcast found itself with an absent Scott Mosier and special guest, sitting in, Walt Flanagan (”Fanboy,” to the fanboys), one of Smith’s best friends from his youth. And while there is not, and probably never will be, a SModcast without Smith himself, we found that from time to time there will be one without Mosier, at which time we will be treated to a special guest. Guests so far (aside from Walt Flanagan) have included Bryan Johnson (another friend from his old days), his wife, Jennifer Schwalbach-Smith, Malcolm Ingram, Jason Mewes, and even Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn Smith (named after the Batman character if you didn’t know).

May 30, 2009

Illinois gives baby gun license

BBC NEWS | Americas | Illinois baby obtains gun permit

Bubba Ludwig may only be 10 months old, but he has already successfully obtained a gun licence in the US state of Illinois.

Bubba's father, Howard Ludwig, applied on his behalf after his grandfather gave him a shotgun as an heirloom.

Mr Ludwig said he had not expected to succeed, but he filled in the online form, paid $5 and the licence was his.

. . .

The licence includes a picture of a toothless Bubba and a squiggle that represents his best attempt at a signature.

The new names for San Francisco neighborhoods

What Readers Call S.F.'s Neighborhoods

There is a fun pulldown menu where you can see what all the readers call their neighborhoods. For example, somebody out there calls the intersection of 16th & Guerrero "Hipster Hell."

This is all in relation to a new map that the San Francisco Association of Realtors is putting out, wherein they rename a lot of undesirable neighborhoods with fancy new names. (i.e., the Financial District becomes "The Barbary Coast")

May 28, 2009

Report: Increasing Number Of Educators Found To Be Suffering From Teaching Disabilities

Report: Increasing Number Of Educators Found To Be Suffering From Teaching Disabilities | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

WASHINGTON—A shocking report released by the U.S. Department of Education this week revealed that a growing number of the nation's educators struggle on a daily basis with some form of teaching disability.

The study, which surveyed 2,500 elementary and high school level instructors across the country, found that nearly one out of every five exhibited behaviors typically associated with a teaching impairment. Among them: trouble paying attention in school, lack of interest or motivation during class, and severe emotional issues.

"For teaching-disabled and at-risk educators, just coming to school every day is a challenge," said Dr. Robert Hughes, a behavioral psychologist and lead author of the study. "Even simple tasks, like remaining alert and engaged during lessons, can be a struggle. Unfortunately, unless we take immediate action, these under-performers will only continue to fall further behind."

"Our teachers are in trouble," Hughes continued. "Some can't even teach at a basic sixth-grade level."